Adult Basic Education ESL

Transitioning to College

I am in ESL and I want to start preparing for college. What should I do?

  • Take ESL 095 - Introduction to College - This class is for ESL Levels 4, 5 & 6 to learn about college, financial aid, programs of study, and the requirements to enter college. You should take this class 6-12 months before you plan to begin college classes.
  • Decide what you want to study. The college has many choices. You need to decide if you want a short-term job training certificate or professional degree, or if you plan to transfer to a university to finish your Bachelor’s Degree!
  • Take a College Prep class. These classes help you improve your English skills, but at the same time prepare you to take classes in specific programs at the college. If you plan to study in one of these fields, it is a very good idea to take a Prep class. You should take the class 1-2 quarters before you plan to begin college classes.
    • ESL 062 - Prep for Allied Health Education – This class helps students in Levels 5 & 6 prepare for the college’s Allied Health certificate programs.
    • ESL 085 - Prep for Small Business Ownership - This class helps students in Levels 4, 5, & 6 learn about opening their own small business or prepare to study Business in college.
    • ESL 085 - Legal English
    • ESL 085 - Skills for Office Jobs
    • Meet with the Transitions Case Manager to make a plan!

I am almost finished with ESL. What should I do now?

  • Apply for Financial Aid. Financial Aid is money from the government to help you pay for college. Low-income students may be eligible for grants (that do not need to be paid back) and some students may receive loans (that you must re-pay). If you don’t think you will be able to pay for college by yourself, you will need to apply for Financial Aid about 2 quarters before you plan to take college classes.
  • Take the LOEP test. The LOEP test will tell you what your English skill level is. It is necessary to take this test before you begin college classes.
  • Meet with the Transitions Case Manager. She will help you review your plan, go over your LOEP scores, review your Financial Aid status, and help you figure out what your next steps will be.

I am finished with ESL, have Financial Aid or money to pay for college, and am ready to register for college classes! What classes can I take?

  • EAP classes. EAP classes are more advanced English classes to help you prepare for college-level work. The LOEP test will tell you which EAP class is right for you.
  • I-BEST classes. I-BEST is a program that allows you to take college classes even if your English is not yet at college level. There are several certificates you can earn through the I-BEST program.
  • College classes. If you got a high EAP placement, you may be able to take some college classes depending on which certificate or degree you have chosen. You can talk with an advisor in LYN Hall for assistance in choosing your classes.

If you have any questions or want to learn more about going to college after ESL, please make an appointment with the Transitions Case Manager.

Stephanie Stratton

stephanie.stratton@edcc.edu | 425.640.1773
Mukilteo Hall (MUK) 309-B